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Quince - Portugal

Large pungent aromatic apple-shaped fruits that ripen to a lovely shade of yellow and make the most delicious jelly. Despite their Mediterranean origin quinces thrive in damp soils and heavy clay, should fruit reliably throughout Britain.

Season: October - November

Rootstock: Quince A (semi-dwarf)

Planting Distance: 4m (13ft)

Approximate Height: 3m (10ft) after 10 years

All quinces are self-fertile. Instances of poor pollination are nearly always caused by bad weather at blossom time, limiting the activity of insects.

This quince tree is growing on a semi-dwarf rootstock, ideal for the average garden.

Quinces need a sunny site and a neutral soil to crop well, a pH of 6.5 - 7.5 is ideal.